Jon Baron, Thomson ReutersThomson & Reuters Tax & Accounting is readying a web suite of products for accounting firms. As discussed by Jon Baron, managing director of the company's professional segment, new products will emphasize a "clean look" and ease of use that is going to significantly change the look and feel of its tax and accounting software products.

Speaking at the company's Synergy conference this week, Baron repeatedly referenced Apple's understanding of ease of use as he discussed his company's design goals. As demonstrated at the conference, the new design features far less text and more white space on web pages.

"The product we are building is the image your clients will have of you," says Baron, who described the design as "clean and simple".

While the CS Professional software line has elements that are termed SaaS, those are hosted products that are sold via subscription. The new line, which starts appearing next year, is a true cloud offering. Thomson will move towards the new platform through document management and client-facing products.

Baron also reported the cloud products, GoSystem and GoFileRoom, will have a new look and feel, but provided no details.

The new line will include a myTax Center the place where clients can upload documents and which accounting and tax professionals can access. Company executives noted that the company is moving away from the term "portal" to describe web-based storage sites.

Other design comments include the increasingly common responsive design in which Internet content has a similar look across computing devices and users can pick up tasks where they left off as they move from device to device.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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